AMA Suggests New Ways to Encourage the HPV Vaccine

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American Medical Association

Dr. William B. Clark owns Pensacola-based ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he diagnoses and treats afflictions of the ears, nose, and throat. Dr. William B. Clark maintains active membership with multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA).

Founded in 1847, the AMA focuses on the development and advancement of medicine within the United States by, among other things, establishing standards in medical education and promoting both medical ethics and scientific advancement.

The AMA recently reported that the number of people electing to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine is quite low. To increase patient participation, the AMA has suggested altering the delivery requirements for the vaccine; instead of asking the parents of minors if they are interested in having their child vaccinated, physicians are being encouraged to presume and address objections with a strong recommendation. Suggested for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15, the vaccine is administered in three doses.


FDA Approves Expanded Use of Orkambi in Young Cystic Fibrosis Patients

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A physician and surgeon focused on ear, nose, and throat issues, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients through ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, a practice he owns. Outside of his professional life, Dr. William B. Clark has provided support to various nonprofit organizations, including those working to fight cystic fibrosis.

An additional 2,400 children who have cystic fibrosis now have a new treatment option available to them. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave its approval for the expanded use of Orkambi, also known as lumacaftor/ivacaftor, for children age 6 to 11 who have two copies of gene mutation F508del. Factoring in this new cohort, nearly 11,000 children in the country are now eligible to be treated with the drug.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals is behind the drug’s development, which was aided by considerable funding and support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The company is currently in the third phase of a clinical trial that it hopes will allow for the use of the drug by patients from 2 to 5 years old.

Ear Tubes to Treat Chronic Childhood Ear Infections

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Chronic Childhood Ear Infections

An expert in treating nose, ear, and throat conditions, otolaryngologist Dr. William B. Clark practices in northwest Florida. As well as evaluating patients’ symptoms, Dr. William B. Clark performs surgeries such as the insertion of ear tubes to relieve pressure.

The majority of kids have experienced a viral or bacterial ear infection before they turn five. In many cases, these common conditions resolve themselves on their own. However, sometimes they become a chronic problem and cause ongoing ear pain and difficulty hearing. As a result, these children might experience trouble sleeping, difficulties in school, or behavioral issues. Trouble with speech or balance may also occur.

If a child is experiencing these symptoms, a doctor might recommend that the child get ear tubes, which can decrease the likelihood of future infections as well as the risk of hearing loss. The procedure, which over a half million children receive each year, typically takes about fifteen minutes while the patient is under general anesthesia. Afterward, the patient usually experiences little discomfort, and hearing issues caused by fluid in the middle ear go away right away. However, other problems, such as problems related to speaking and maintaining balance, may take a few weeks or months to resolve. A doctor can provide more information on the ear tube insertion procedure, as well as its potential benefits and risks.

Precision Medicine Offers New Hope for People with Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Dr. William B. Clark concentrates his medical practice on surgery of the head and neck at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida. Outside of his practice, Dr. William B. Clark donates to charities such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A genetic disease, cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung infections that hinder breathing. It creates a thick mucus that affects the pancreas as it tries to absorb essential nutrients and the lungs as they try to supply the body with oxygen.

Having CF in her early 30s, longer than thought possible, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has stepped forward as an advocate for the foundation. Telling her story in many media appearances, she was honored as a Champion of Change by President Obama for raising some $1.5 million for CF research.

Emily Kramer-Golinkoff has been pushing for a philosophy of care known as precision medicine. This innovative concept emphasizes treatment of patients as they are: individuals with unique lifestyles, environments, and genetic traits. It enables medical care providers to better comprehend the complexities of each patient’s circumstances. The possibilities it holds for creating better, targeted treatments are just beginning to be realized.

How to Tell if Your Earache is From a Cold or an Ear Infection

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ENT Associates of Northwest Florida

Owner and practitioner at ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark has been providing high-quality ear, nose, and throat care to local residents for more than two decades. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of any related ailment, Dr. William B. Clark is experienced with such conditions as throat infections, earaches, and ear infections.

Earaches can be a troublesome condition, especially if you are uncertain whether your earache is caused by a basic cold or an ear infection. Both adults and children can experience an earache resulting from a cold. They are caused by trapped fluid in the ear that is putting pressure on the eardrum.

Typically, when an earache is caused by a cold, it creates a dull, burning, or sharp pain. It is also normally accompanied by a fever, trouble sleeping, and other cold symptoms. Since colds are generally self-limiting, an accompanying earache should go away on its own when the cold goes away.

Meanwhile, when infection is the root cause of the earache, symptoms and treatment are different. Sometimes earaches can start from a cold and turn into an infection; other times they simply are brought on by the infection itself. Most ear infections come on suddenly and they create earaches that are painful in the beginning.

As the eardrum stretches due to the pressure, the pain may dissipate. Ear infections can also create loss of appetite and dizziness, along with dulled hearing. Unlike earaches caused by colds, earaches caused by ear infections must be properly diagnosed and treated before they go away.

Development of the American Board of Otolaryngology

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American Board of Otolaryngology

Dr. William B. Clark is the owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, located in Pensacola. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. William B. Clark specializes in ear, nose, and throat diagnosis and treatment.

Otolaryngologists are doctors trained in the field of ear, nose, and throat concerns and diseases, such as allergies or sinus issues. In addition, they often manage issues surrounding the external neck and head.

In order to become an otolaryngologist, a doctor must undergo many years of medical training, and then be certified with the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto).

The ABOto developed out of a 1912 meeting of the Triological Society, a long-standing medical association. The society suggested the creation of a board responsible for otolaryngology certification. In 1924, the ABOto was tasked with developing the accreditation exam that would certify ear, nose, and throat specialists. The exam began as an oral test, with a practical component that included real patients suffering from related conditions.

Today, the ABOto administers a revised version of the multiple choice examination established in the 1970s.

Tracheostomy – An Introduction

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As owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, Dr. William B. Clark treats patients with a variety of disorders of the ear, nose, and throat. Dr. William B. Clark builds on more than 32 years of professional experience and has an in-depth understanding of tracheostomy procedures.

Defined as a surgically introduced hole from the trachea to the outside air, a tracheostomy helps to bypass obstructed or damaged airways. It is particularly common for patients who require extended use of a ventilator, though it may also help to reconstruct the airway after surgery on the larynx or trachea. In addition, it may provide support for patients with breathing difficulties due to injury or illness of the lungs or throat, while other patients receive a tracheostomy to protect the airway following head and neck surgery. Similarly, for patients with swallowing disorders, it may help to keep food out of the lungs.

Many patients only need a tracheostomy while in the hospital, though some are permanent or semipermanent and go home with the patient. In these cases, the patient must take special care to keep the tube clean. This process includes a thorough sanitization of the tube as well as the inner and outer cannula, and a thorough disinfection of exposed skin near the opening. It is extremely important for patients with a tracheostomy to follow specific instructions from a health care provider.